“Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favourable Thoughts” (UPLIFT) is a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy program that improves depression, anxiety, and overall psychological quality of life.
Groups of 5-8 adults with epilepsy meet by teleconference for an hour once a week for 8 weeks. The group is co-facilitated by a mental-health professional and a person living with epilepsy.
The sessions review different ways living with epilepsy can affect mental health and teaches valuable coping strategies. Some topics include coping and relaxing, monitoring thoughts, and preventing future low moods.
A pilot project found that UPLIFT participants had improved depression, anxiety, and psychological quality of life – even a full year after they finished the program.
Thanks to generous donors and third party fundraisers, Epilepsy Ottawa’s first UPLIFT groups will start in early November, 2020. There will be additional sessions starting in early 2021.
Contact us to find out more about the program or to sign up below.
- be at least 18 years old
- have epilepsy, seizures, or a seizure disorder
- and be struggling with depression or anxiety.
Priority will be given to those in Ottawa, Lanark County, Renfrew County, Prescott-Russell County, and Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Counties.